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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology Pt. 2

“Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth The Hero’s Journey Comes Full Circle Both sci-fi and fantasy—today’s ‘speculative fiction’—can claim an ancient lineage. It’s not hard to hear echoes of humanity’s … Continue reading

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A Myth is Not a Lie Pt. 2

The Writer’s Journey “Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry; it is metaphorical. It has been well said the mythology is the penultimate truth—penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words.”  —Joseph Campbell[1] “The Hero’s Journey is not … Continue reading

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A Myth is Not a Lie Pt. 1

INTRODUCTION: When I originally wrote this essay, I succumbed to the temptation of so many writers in quoting the famous speech by Chief Seattle. It’s probably the most quoted speech of any noted aboriginal figure in Western history. There’s only … Continue reading

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